CHEO and the Royal shrink wait times for mental health services

metronews.ca By: Ryan Tumilty Metro New approach puts patients at centre of decision making. Wait times for children with mental problems plummeted last year as a new one-size-doesn’t-fit-all approach has shrunk waits from months to mere weeks. In a recently released report, CHEO and the Royal Ottawa Hospital both revealed that the wait times for READ MORE

How to reduce the stigma of mental health issues at work

theglobeandmail.com This is part of a series looking at microskills – changes that employees can make to help improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies that put READ MORE

Ottawa promises to overhaul mental-health services for military

theglobeandmail.com LES PERREAUX AND RENATA D’ALIESIO The mental-health system for treating military personnel and veterans will undergo a sweeping overhaul to better care for them from boot camp through their retirement years, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has revealed. Top-ranking officials in Defence and Veterans Affairs are looking at “creating a new structure that’s going to READ MORE

Mental health organizations urge openness on targeted federal funds

princegeorgecitizen.com OTTAWA – Three leading mental health organizations want provincial and territorial health ministers to be open to targeted federal investments. In a letter, the heads of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association note that billions of dollars are spent on health, READ MORE

How mental health should be taught in Canadian schools

globalnews.ca By Carmen Chai Measuring success for Stacey De Souza’s students isn’t as conventional as getting an A on a test, making the basketball team or graduating from high school. Major wins for her students include leaving the house to take public transit to school or finishing a semester — or even a week or READ MORE

How to find a good app for mental health

theconversation.com Search for “stress”, “depression”, “anxiety”, or “mental health” in the app store on your mobile device and you are confronted with a bewildering array of options. Some apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis. Apps hold amazing potential as mental health and READ MORE

Black Mental Health ‘Discrimination’

www.voice-online.co.uk There are concerns over the discrimination against black people of African descent by mental health services THE COUNCIL of Europe’s Race Committee have voiced concerns over the discrimination against black people of African descent by mental health services. In a report published by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), calls have been READ MORE

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau lends voice in support of mental health awareness

www.ottawasun.com Rare is the woman or young girl who hasn’t heard that negative voice in her head telling her she’s not pretty enough, skinny enough, or good enough. “What is the conversation that everybody here in the room has with herself or himself when you are in silence, when no one is looking?” Sophie Grégoire READ MORE

Men much less likely to seek mental health help than women

www.theguardian.com Huge survey shows gender gap and the need for ‘cultural shift’ says charity chief Men are far less likely to seek medical support for a mental health problem than women, new figures reveal. A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation found that not only are men far less likely than women to seek READ MORE

Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding

thestar.com Mental health advocates are urging the federal government to make mental illness a priority in a new health accord with the provinces and territories. OTTAWA—The Trudeau government is being urged to make mental health a top priority as it negotiates a new health accord with the provinces and territories. Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of READ MORE